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Westmoreland Museum sets ‘Smile’ event, Mutiny tour

People are invited to stop by the North Main Street bridge in downtown Greensburg on June 5 to add their smiles to artist John Schlimm’s “The Smile That Changed the World” participatory art project.

A canvas will be installed on the bridge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. In case of rain, the project will move into the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St.

The smile-painting activity is part of the museum’s All About You! Free Admission Sundays, occurring on the first Sunday of every month with support from the Jack Buncher Foundation.

Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band will perform from 1 to 3 p.m., and other art projects also will be available to museum visitors.

The completed smile canvas will be displayed from June 7 to July 3 in a special exhibit relating to the Westmoreland’s portrait collection.

The project debuted with installations in Washington, D.C., and Canada. The artist’s aim is to hold similar events in other cities, with all canvasses eventually being sewn together in an installation called “Miles of Our Smiles Across the World.”

Schlimm also will speak in the museum at 1 p.m. June 4 as part of the Art Beat lecture series. The Harvard-educated resident of St. Marys, Elk County., will discuss his memoir, “Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions,” about his friendship with Sister Augustine, an elderly former nun and ceramic artist.

The talk will be accompanied by a pop-up exhibit of pieces from Sister Augustine’s “Gussie’s Specials” bowl series and pieces from Schlimm’s personal collection. A question-and-answer session and book-signing will follow.

In another event at the Westmoreland Museum, people who are reluctant to visit a museum and those wanting to experience art in a new way are invited to an upcoming Museum Mutiny Tour from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 8 at the museum.

The tour is described as “immersive, a bit subversive and a whole lot of fun.” Beginning with a happy half-hour with wine, beer and snacks, the evening will move on to activities such as games, challenges, music, dance, theater and storytelling.

Participants are advised to bring a cellphone and come prepared for an adventure.

Tours are planned periodically, with the next one set for Aug. 10; each will have a specific theme. Tours also can be scheduled for groups of up to 12.

Participants must be 21 or older. Cost is $20, $15 for museum members.

Space is limited and registration is required at 724-837-1500, ext. 119, or [email protected].

Details: 724-837-1500 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750 or [email protected].

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